Obama to Take GOP On in Televised Healthcare Summit

Some Ultrabowl or Megabowl event dominates, but there's also the intriguing news that Obama will debate the GOP in a televised healthcare summit. Along with the usual reports of explosions, executions and road safety in Afghanistan.

The Saints' victory gets play on the front pages everywhere except the Washington Post, where it's relegated to a small picture underneath a huge section on the snowstorms and the Wall Street Journal who apparently have bigger things, like snow shovel racing, to worry about.

Other interesting and diverting stories:

  • The New York Times report that Wall Street donors, unhappy with the idea of reform, are giving more to the GOP.
  • The Washington Post examines the fortunes of al-Qaeda, if one title is enough for such a wide variety of terrorist groups and individuals.
  • And the Wall Street Journal has the best evil leader picture ever, of Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Disclosure: I freelance write and report for newspapers that are included in this roundup. Where there is a direct conflict of interest I will make it clear.

Obama to Take GOP On in Televised Healthcare Summit

The New York Times:lead with the news that President Obama will hold a televised summit on healthcare. Meanwhile Wall Street donors, unhappy with the prospect of financial reform, are turning to the GOP. Great. There is a story about the many different stories that have come from America's two current conflicts, and an Afghanistan story below that. There's also news of the power plant explosion in Connecticut and a report on some sporting event.

Obama to Take GOP On in Televised Healthcare Summit

The Washington Post: is dominated by the weather, with stories on the snow here and here. They also have news of Obama's healthcare summit, and a piece on al-Qaeda's fortunes that does not really address whether it's still accurate to call a wide diaspora of extremist Islamic groups by one title.

Obama to Take GOP On in Televised Healthcare Summit

The LA Times: runs stories about Obama's healthcare summit and local efforts to rein in bad health plans. They cover the Saints' victory, have an example of that now rare breed, the H1N1 story, and a great dispatch from Iran, which shows the value of getting reporters into that country.

Obama to Take GOP On in Televised Healthcare Summit

The Wall Street Journal: have the best evil leader picture of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ever, a report on the Fed's plans for curbing credit, the news that former Merrill Lynch chief John Thain will join lender CIT and a piece on Canada's potential housing bubble. The fluffy story today is about snow-shovel racing.

Obama to Take GOP On in Televised Healthcare Summit

The New York Post: clearly has some deal on flights to Nevada. After sending a reporter to cavort with a male hooker, they've now 'investigated' the NV company who will run the Aqueduct Raceway.

Obama to Take GOP On in Televised Healthcare Summit

The Daily News: still do not want a terror trial in New York.

Obama to Take GOP On in Televised Healthcare Summit

The Times-Picayune: have a beautifully laid out victory page. Including the exclamation point of the year.

Obama to Take GOP On in Televised Healthcare Summit

The Times (Indiana): has the opposite atmosphere.